3. Flambé

Flambé

Crepes, bananas, cheese! Yes, all the fine things in life. But not so fast, as alcohol, which is a prime ingredient in flambé, starts a whole series of problems. “Increased consumption of alcohol leads to the production of ROS (reactive oxygen species)”, Haymin warned. “High levels of ROS result in oxidative stress, which can cause severe damage to our bodies. While it is easy to identify alcohol when it’s in a beverage, it’s not so easy to monitor its consumption when we are eating it. The USDA warns that “foods flamed with alcohol appear to have all the added alcohol burned off, but the food actually still retains 75 percent of the added alcohol.”

2. Potato Chips

Potato Chips

If you’re craving something crunchy or crispy, instead of reaching for a bag of chips, try reaching for whole grain crackers or roasted veggies like zucchini sticks or even raw veggies like celery. “Consuming trans fatty acids stimulates interleukin 6 within the body,” says Hayim. “Interleukin 6 is a marker of inflammation, which is associated with aging. In addition, fried and deep fried oils, even those made with vegetable oils, can impair cell respiration and reduce immune functions within the body.”

1. Pepperoni Pizza

Pepperoni Pizza

A slice of pepperoni pizza is probably one of the best comfort foods around, but it can cause some serious problems in your body. “The nitrates and other compounds in processed meats, such as pepperoni, are known to be pro-inflammatory. Inflammation causes aging from inside out,” said Bedwell. “Plus, the saturated fat in it ages the heart. Opt for a meatless pizza–feel free to load on the veggie toppings–whenever possible, or make the pizza yourself using pepperoni that is made without nitrites or nitrates.”


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